You know the scenes in movies or television shows in which there is a person or group of people being held hostage or perhaps they’ve been abandoned and left for dead in a closed, locked up structure, and someone arrives on the scene, looking for them, knowing action must be taken? Often the rescuers take their elbow and shatter the glass to enter through a window or maybe they kick in a door or two. The message in the sound of breaking glass or splintering wood is one of, “I have come to set you free.”
I love these scenes.
When injustice and corruption are found out, tracked down, and wiped out, it energizes me, even in fictional representations.
I’m one of those people who were made to break down doors; it’s in me.
Specifically, I believe one reason I’m here is to kick open the doors where women have been bound and gagged by patriarchy. In simple terms, patriarchy can be defined as an unjust social system which oppresses women. It manifests itself in homes, in churches, the workplace; it is everywhere and it is not the way of the Gospel, it does not, in any way, reflect the love of Jesus poured out for you and for the whole world.
And I want to make something quite clear, if you refuse to fully acknowledge the evils wrought upon women, because of patriarchy, in favor of saying something along the lines of, “Well, we all have a sin nature” then you’re part of the problem. To put it bluntly, you’re a person closing doors and locking windows. And I’ll be coming for those you’ve shut up inside those spaces.
Yesterday, in a short video which made its way around social media, Rob Bell put into words exactly why I have an unrelenting passion to see captives of injustice set free. He said, “Resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters, in this body, the one that we inhabit right now. So every act of compassion matters. Every work of art, that celebrates the good and the true, matters. Every fair and honest act in business and trade, every kind word, they all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world. Nothing will be forgotten and nothing will be wasted.”
Speaking against injustice matters because I believe in a resurrected God.
Injustice is not only manifested in the insidious evils of the world, such as trafficking and murder of women simply because they are women.
Injustice is seen in marriages which esteem a man’s leadership capabilities while regulating a woman’s.
Injustice looks like churches which see no point in mentoring women in the same ways they mentor the men.
Injustice is when women are told their bodies are temptations, the very skin they live in a snare for man.
Perhaps it is time for the dissenters of feminism and those who see patriarchy as a biblical mandate, to stop talking for a little while and spend some time listening; many of us have had no choice but to listen to their voices because they have been the majority, but Christ cares little for the majority ruling and cares a great deal about the perpetuating of injustice.
Dorothy Day, in her book, The Long Loneliness says, “One of the disconcerting facts about spiritual life is that God takes you at your word. Sooner or later, one is given the chance to prove his love. The very word, “diligo,” the Latin word used for “love,” means “I prefer”.”
These words of hers sink deep in my heart.
I have been given chances, and I will continue to be given chances to prove the love of Christ, to demonstrate what it is I prefer.
I hope I always prefer the way of Christ, which is to save those who are crushed in spirit and to bind up their wounds, even the wounds inflicted by those who profess a Christian faith, perhaps especially those wounds.
Here’s to breaking down doors, to the rolling away of stone, to hope, and to earth as it is in heaven.